The company behind San Diego Comic-Con is trying to expand its control of geekdom beyond a single weekend in July. It's teaming up with Lionsgate to launch a streaming service with classic sci-fi and fantasy titles, live streams of select SDCC panels, and original programming, including scripted series and unscripted news shows. Essentially, it wants to be Netflix for nerds.
Former G4 stars are making a series of shows for Comic-Con HQ
Comic-Con International announced the first substantial details of its streaming service this morning. It'll be called Comic-Con HQ, and it'll enter a soft launch period starting May 7th (which is also Free Comic Book Day). The service will be free to use at first, but it'll require a paid subscription later on; a price has yet to be announced. Comic-Con HQ will formally launch (aka start charging money) in June.
Former G4 stars will be heading up some of Comic-Con HQ's programming. Adam Sessler, of the gaming show X-Play, will host an interview series and executive produce other shows on gaming, comics, and science. Attack of the Show's Kevin Pereira will executive produce something akin to a late night talk show, as well as an entertainment news show. Comic-Con HQ intends to make these into daily or weekly programs.
Comic-Con HQ's logo was also unveiled this morning.
A few specific series are being announced, too. A show called Impossible Science will explore how new technologies can reproduce effects performed during a magic show, a show called Her Universe will essentially be Project Runway for "geek couture," and a scripted comedy called Kings of Con basically sounds like another take on Con Man, but without the former Firefly stars.
The service's lineup of existing movie and TV shows isn't being detailed yet, nor is the more interesting question of what it'll be streaming from SDCC. Comic-Con HQ will have its own coverage of the show, but the bigger draw will be live streams of the show's panels. If Comic-Con International gives viewers a much-coveted seat inside of Hall H — the near-impossible to get into auditorium where all of the show's biggest panels are held — a subscription could become a must-have for people who don't make it to the con (and for people who do make it but can't get a seat). For now, it isn't saying either way.